[nggallery id=802]My friend Bill Henry, Mulligan and I arrived at the Whirlpool this am before light and were pleasantly suprised to only see three other anglers getting ready to fish. The water was low, the salmon were quiet (few rolling on the surface) and I started by casting a Jointed #13 fluorescent orange Rapala. On my second cast I lost a fish the hit, shook it’s head and got off. About 20 min. later I hooked a fiesty 17 lb. female chinook that socked the Rapala and fought hard. The outfit I was using for casting the J13 is the Rapala North Coast 10 1/2′ medium heavy action steelhead/salmon rod equipped with a high-capacity Rapala reel and 20 lb. test Sufix 832 braid and a Sufix fluorocarbon leader.
I had a few more hits and missed the fish and than decided to drift-fish skeened salmon eggs with the new Rapala Shift Centre Pin reel and 13 1/2′ Classic Float rod. Again on my second drift I had a fish on which I lost and about 20 min. later I landed a nice 15 lb. male chinook. I’m looking forward to use fresh salmon skeened-eggs later this week.